Hello all, so I am a 31 yo Female suffering from chronic neck pain stemming from an accident while service on active duty. It has been about 2.5 years since my accident and have been in constant care from a civilian pain management doctor for about the past year. In between I have tried just about every type of therapy, medication etc. About 8 months ago my pain managment doc recommended I see a spine surgeon he highly recommends. Upon first visit with that doctor I just didn't feel overly comfortable and honestly the thought of surgery is completely nerve racking. Since I was fresh out of the service, still in school and only a few months at my current job surgery was really not an option. However, I have now reached the year mark with my employer and qualify for FMLA, and am getting ready to graduate this May I have found myself back on the chopping block (no pun intended) for cervical surgery. When it comes to my spine my C3-C4 & C4-C5 have a slight 2mm disc protrustion, C5-C6 a large protrusion at 4mm, flatttening the left ventral cord and mild left forminal stenosis, finally my C6-C7 has a 2mm disc protusio with mild effacement of the ventral thecal sac. Broken down, C3-C4, C4-C5, C6-7 have spondylitic changes with disc protusions and moderate left central stenosis at C5-C6. Basically surgery is the only way I may ever have some relief. I have read various threads where people have procedures done by nuero and some by spine surgeons. I have two follow ups scheduled but looking to see which path may be best as I move along in this process....any feed back is truly appreciated.